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Restaurants & cafes

Whether you're after a relaxed cafe lunch or a luxurious dinner, you'll find what you're looking for in the Goldfields. With dining experiences that combine fresh regional produce, progressive cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state, you'll be returning again and again.

The good life

The Goldfields region is fast becoming synonymous with quality contemporary dining. In Ballarat, Catfish boasts fresh, modern Thai and The Lane restaurant is becoming a local favourite for its relaxed dining and regional produce.

Bendigo boasts the stylish offerings of Masons of Bendigo and the Dispensary Enoteca, and the grilled goodness of the Woodhouse. Not to be outdone, Castlemaine has become a major player in the dining arena with a host of great options including the European inspired Good Table and the Public Inn.

Cafe culture

Soak up the local village atmosphere in cosy cafes dotted around the region's historic towns. Watch the roasting at work at Bendigo's Brewhouse Coffee Roasters, go Mediterranean at El Gordo and find your favourite corner in Percy and Percy. In Ballarat, get your Axil coffee fix from Yellow Espresso or go retro at Eclectic Tastes. Get serious about small-batch micro-roasted beans at Castlemaine's Coffee Basics or nab a rooftop spot for the best views in town at Togs Cafe.

At the wineries

For a different type of outdoor dining experience enjoy a meal overlooking the vines at a local winery restaurant such as Merindoc, Balgownie Estate and Flynns in the Heathcote region, or Bress Wine Cider and Produce in Harcourt.


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The Dispensary Enoteca

Get your daily dose of fine food and wine at this chemist-turned-restaurant-and-wine-bar offering an impressive drinks list and seasonal, local menu.


The Woodhouse Restaurant

Specialising in premium wagyu and dry aged grass feed beef, regional meats and wood fired pizza, The Woodhouse Restaurant is both a local favourite...


Oscars Hotel Cafe and Bar

Oscar’s offers a style unrivalled in a city renowned for its abundant history, beautiful gardens and world class tourist attractions Oscar's are...


The Woodhouse

Get fired up about premium meats and wood fired pizzas at this Bendigo steakhouse and redgum grill, and save room for the dessert tasting plate.


Schnitz Ballarat

Dedicated to making the best schnitzels in the world, Schnitz brings the culinary tradition of schnitzels to modern-day tastebuds through fresh...


Kittelty's at the Gallery

Once you have visited the Art Gallery of Ballarat, sashay down the Victorian staircase to Kittelty's for a well earned recharge. Decked out in...


El Gordo

Live large with breakfast, lunch and serious coffee at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Spanish and Southern European inspired cafe and art space.


Pipers By The Lake

Pipers By The Lake is proud to be one of western Victoria's leading restaurants and function centres. The location of Pipers is a stand out, with its...


Eclectic Tastes

Get a taste for the eclectic at this licensed cafe and bistro decked out in junk shop treasures and an Asian-inspired menu. Open seven days.


Hog's Breath Cafe Ballarat

Hog's Breath Ballarat is a locally owned and operated casual dining family restaurant. Opened in 2006 by Jen and Al Graham, the restaurant has become...


Billy's Bistro and Bar

Billy's Bistro and Bar at Mercure Ballarat is a friendly place with delicious food designed for sharing platters or individual portion dining. Named...


Lake View Hotel

The Lake View Hotel is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers all day dining. The Hotel is situated on the picturesque...


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